Yasiel Puig squares up his first major-league hit in his first major-league at-bat on Monday. (Andy Holzman/Staff Photographer)
Since at least 1916, no Dodgers player hit a grand slam in his first four major-league games. That changed Thursday night
, when Yasiel Puig
checked another milestone off his shrinking career checklist.
Puig is racking up RBIs at a record rate, too. He’s driven in nine, which ties the most RBIs through four games among players that began their career since 1920 (the year RBIs became an official statistic) per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Meanwhile, the superlatives are piling up.
“He is the Dodgers’ one-man version of Showtime, so far, on a team owned by the leader of Showtime, Magic Johnson,” writes Buster Olney.
“That is what makes Puig so fun: When he comes to bat you pay attention, regardless of the game score,” writes Tom Verducci. (Actually it’s more than that. Fans were paying attention Thursday when hits found their way to right field, and it first dawned on them that Puig would have to throw the baseball. You could literally hear the gasps and imagine the thoughts: “What’s he going to do?”).
“I do not believe he will be” a star, writes Keith Law. Wait, that’s from a month ago.
“Meantime, the game lurks,” writes Tim Brown. “It’ll come for even [Puig], like it did for (Jason) Heyward, and therein lies the fight. It’s what they’re all trying to do.
Some more bullet points for National Doughnut Day: